Saturday morning saw sun shining down on Sidmouth Bowls Club and the steward was hard at work putting out all the equipment for that afternoon’s game against the men from Beaufort Ebbw Vale - a Welsh touring team, writes Susie Bonnell.
Sidmouth Town produced the surprise of the day in the Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup – the South West Peninsula League Cup – when they beat Crediton United 3-2 to earn a second round tie at home to Premier Division Stoke Gabriel.
Ottery St Mary were denied in their efforts to claim their first win of the new Macron League Division Three campaign when a heavy downpour just before kick-off left too much surface water on their Washbrook Meadow pitch to allow them to play visiting Sandford.
Macron Division Four strugglers Beer Albion Reserves turned the form book upside down when they knocked out Division Three high flyers Priory first team out of the Devon Senior Cup, beating the Exeter-based side 3-2 at Furzebrake, writes Richard Honnor.
Otterton travelled to Hamlin Lane, Exeter to take on high-flying Priory in a league game missing over half the regular squad and they so nearly returned home with something to show for a superb collective effort, but went down by the odd goal in five.
After having a dozen fixtures cancelled this season for varying reasons, there was no way a soggy wicket, long damp outfield grass further and rain in the offing would put off the Tipton players from going ahead with their home meeting with Worcestershire-based touring side Kay’s, writes Phil Wright.
In the Devon County Chess Association Congress (67th) held in Torquay last week local player Grandmaster Keith Arkell came joint first in the Premier section while East Budleigh player, Brian Gosling, finished second in the Boniface Morning event.